China: Presenting River Elegy
This epic television series initiated a whirlwind of discussion and debate when it was first broadcast to a national audience in China in 1988. Excerpts from a six part Chinese documentary series: Xia Jun/director; Su Xiaokang and Wang Luxiang/script.Made in the period of maximum openness and press freedom, it utilized an experimental and expressive text and score to review China's past and future prospects. Subsequently banned, its scriptwriter was among the most wanted intellectuals after the June 1989 student movement. The series was structured in six parts: In Search of the Dream, Destiny, The Spark, Sorrow and Sky Blue, which trace the origins of Chinese culture to the well spring of the Yellow River. The text abounds in dialectical irony and reflective wit, while the visual images flow by in a post-modern pastiche that is anchored by the depth and passion of the script. The program's almost reckless demystification of the prevailing Chinese cultural icons, such as the dragon mascot, the Great Wall, Mao and Marx is contrasted with its lavishly uncritical embracing of Western capitalism. Curated by Mi Ling Tsui (China/USA).
Run time 58:00Audio/Visual sound, color
September 2, 2009
Root Cause (RC) of 300-year Declince: Confucius, Hanzi, Arrogance. Price.
Digital-age: we all know the truth.
Google-age: we all know the truth.
One passage asked: what the cause of china's poverty and backwardness.
google: CIA factbook. china is in 100th range in per capita income.
google: Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore. have all moved from 3rd world to the 1st world in short 40 years (1960-2000).
google: alphabet. Hanzi
vietnam uses an ABC-based writing system
malaysia, philippines uses a ABC-writing system.
google: scientific revolution.
from first flight to moon landing. Did Not happen in china.
from one transistor in 1947 to 2-billion transistor in 2010. Did not happen in china.
As of the 1980s. 80% of china's population were peasants living with the cows, chicken and sheep.
NO elections. only large nation without an national assembly
NO discovery of the earth. solar system. and the cosmos. NO moon landing. NO space to mars, jupiter and saturn.
President of china, jiang zemin, picking his before worldwide TV. shown on youtube.com google for world see.
google: truth on china. facts.
Truth will set china Free.
Truth will set us Free.
Truth will set world Free.
Tian Shi Chen
March 24, 2008
As a chinese
this was my first time to saw this documental in foreign webside,of course,as a chinese ,still some unacquainted picture to me. we are youths
borned in 80's. obviously no memory about the 70 or 80 ,we live in the modern China and international city ,had subway ,even spoken two foreign language when works.so fast the society changed that we have to adapt to new lifestyle and value, busy in the work and living .Maybe we forgot something should been forgoten.
But the history let us think,and this record
let me , sort of shock. i send this link to my classmate and friends. i deeply wish youths have the moment move out from daily trifle and pay more attention to history .we not only belong to
modern China,but although now China with historys.